You performed your regular seasonal maintenance on your pool and immediately became concerned when you noticed your pool water level. The water level is well below the average level, and now you are beginning to panic. The first thing to ask is what is the cause of the drop in water level. Is it pool evaporation or a leak?
Many factors contribute to pool evaporation. Pools evaporate an average quarter-inch of water a day. If conditions are severe, they evaporate up to a half-inch of water a day. Throughout one week that is anywhere from one to four inches of water lost from evaporation. With that substantial of a loss, it is easy to understand how people confuse pool evaporation and a pool leak.
The first thing you want to do if you notice a drop in your water level is determine the cause. The pool bucket test is a reliable, easy test you perform to determine if the water loss is due to evaporation. The test takes 24 hours and clear weather.
Three main factors cause evaporation to occur.
When temperatures are hitting record highs, you will notice more evaporation. Hot days and cool nights are the perfect recipe for pool water evaporation. Exposure to sun and wind also contribute highly to evaporation. If a pool has direct sunlight all day, has no screen, or fence to block the wind, they add to the evaporation. Lastly, the humidity (or lack of humidity) plays a role as well. The more dry the air is, the more evaporation occurs. When the air is dry, it tries to hold more water.
When considering if your water loss is due to pool evaporation or a leak, consider these factors and perform a bucket test. To help reduce pool water evaporation invest in a pool cover. A well-fitted pool cover used daily significantly reduces evaporation.
If after performing a bucket test, you realize your water loss is due to a leak, you want to act quickly. Find and repair a pool leak as soon as possible, as it is essential for the well-being of your pool and equipment. Undetected leaks can cause harm to your pool and pool parts. If you are unable to determine the cause of your leak, you should contact a professional.
If you just finished reading this article and now believe that you might have a pool leak you should call our experts ASAP. The pros at Aquaman Leak Detection have been diagnosing, finding, and repairing leaks for years. Let them work to get your pool ready for the summer.
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